We are officially into our summer break. From now until Mid September, I have more time to catch up on creative projects that were on hold for a while. Here’s what I’ve tackled so far:
Project 1: The dorm living room.
This will be an ongoing project for the summer. I will be working with other people to renovate the living room, which has been the same for at least 30 years. The first step of this project was to paint two wooden side boards. They were an ugly mid-brown tone before, now they are covered with several coats of grey chalk paint (normal paint mixed with water and plaster) and a coat of varnish. Eventually some door knobs will be added.
Project 2: The Rhino.
This has been going on for a while, but now the rhino has its ears and most of its facial details (wrinkles, refined eye shape,…). Now all it needs is paint!
Project 3: A Painting
Paintings are not a thing you just “do”. The work that goes into making a canvas makes you think twice before starting. It’s like a hill you need to overcome before you even start. But when you do, it ends up being worth the trouble. In this case, I built a frame that is almost the size of a door. The canvas will be horizontal, so like a widescreen TV.
I was on a 4-day trip to Albania this weekend and got back yesterday evening. I went with my mom and a friend of hers to a conference in Tirana, the capitol of the country. It was a great an inspiring time, one I didn’t see coming at all at the beginning of the year. Sometimes things happen that you didn’t expect, and occasionally those things are unexpectedly good :)
We were mainly there to help out at the conference, but we got to see the beach, the National Art Gallery of Albania, and some of Tirana’s landmarks. I hope I can come back to Albania some day :)
one of many communist monuments
at the beach in Durris
these were all over the beach. I assume they are rolled up fibers from the palm trees, but I’ve never seen anything like them before!
houses in Tirana are often painted in all sorts of colors and patterns. The mayor studied art before taking office and encourages people to renovate their run-down buildings by painting them. This makes Tirana one of the most colorful places in Europe
despit many renovations and new constructions, Albania still has plenty of unfinished, abandoned buildings
this pyramid is a famous communist monument, visited by many, but equally hated. It is in very poor shape, and its future is uncertain
art installation in front of the national gallery
Unicorn 1 (Helmet)
Two Fishing Boats (2015) -$1000-
Unicorn 2 (Helmet)
Portrait of Martin’s Kids (Oil Painting)
Work Table (Wood, Metal, Epoxy)
Happy Easter (Collage)
Service with a Smile (Sign)
“Greedo”(2012) with “Mountain Town”
Saw Coat Hanger
9th Street- 2 (Oil Painting)
Book Shelf (Wood), back view
Book Shelf, front view
It’s summer and so I have time for other projects, including comission jobs. So if you e.g. want a cabinet painted/refinished, a painting, a sculpture, a poem, or something else, you can let me know! I’d be glad to make something for you.
Above are some examples of comission-work/ stuff I could do as comissions. Of course there are many more pictures on my site, but these are just a few from different categories.
Thanks for your support and your ideas, and have a great day!